Jarryd Hayne has been spotted enjoying his final days of freedom hanging out with mates before he’s sentenced for rape on Thursday.
The former NRL superstar faces up to 14 years behind bars after a NSW District Court jury recently found him guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
Hayne, 33, has kept a low profile since the trial, where bail was given with a $50,000 surety.
He made a rare appearance on social media on the Instagram of former NRL teammate Corey Norman on Tuesday, two days out from learning his fate in Newcastle District Court.
The St George Illawarra Dragons star uploaded a photo of himself catching up with Hayne and a friend.
Jarryd Hayne (pictured, centre) look relaxed while catching up with former NRL teammate Corey Norman (right) and a frind (left), two days out from being sentenced for rape
‘Catch ups,’ Norman captioned the photo, along with an emoji depicting two raised hands.
Casually dressed in a hoodie, tracksuit pants and trainers, Hayne looked relaxed as he grinned for the camera, despite an ‘inevitable’ jail sentence looming over him.
Norman has come under fire for the timing of the photo two days out from Hayne’s sentencing as negative comments were quickly deleted.
‘Catch ya’s ** before Hayne goes to jail,’ one commented.
Another added: ‘How long until this gets deleted?’
‘Saying goodbye,’ another follower quipped.
Some followers leapt to Norman’s defence.
‘Why bother following Normy if your all just gonna leave s*** comments like that. Man people need to give it a rest,’ one wrote.
Another added: ‘All these haters they only read media reports. Get a life ya fools and stop reading the news.’
Jarryd Hayne proposed to Amellia Bonnici on Christmas Day and the couple married a month later – but he is now likely to be sent to jail after being found guilty of rape
Hayne has also been spending precious time with new wife Amellia Bonnici and their four-year-old daughter Beliviah Ivy Hayne after he was warned by Judge Helen Syme at his trial that jail was ‘inevitable’.
He spent the Easter long weekend at Ettalong Beach on the NSW Central Coast, playing with a football in the ocean and swimming with family and friends.
‘He was relaxed and smiling, throwing a ball with a mate and a child,’ an onlooker told The Australian at the time.
‘He spent hours on the beach and in the water. You’d never know from looking at him that these are possibly his final days of freedom.’
He proposed to Ms Bonnici on Christmas Day and married in a secret ceremony a month later on Australia Day, which coincided with their five year anniversary.
Corey Norman (right) has come under fire for posting a photo hanging out with Hayne two days out from being sentenced. The negative comments pictured were later deleted
Hayne was found guilty of two charges of sexual intercourse without consent.
He was found not guilty of the more serious alternative charges of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent inflicting actual bodily harm, which would have carried an even longer sentence.
Hayne has indicated he plans to appeal the conviction.
‘I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie,’ he said outside court following his guilty verdict in March.
The former Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans NRL star was once celebrated as a preeminent Australian sports star – the product of a house commission family from Minto in Sydney’s west who became one of the country’s most recognisable and revered athletes.
Once regarded as one of the biggest superstars in the NRL, Jarryd Hayne faces up to 14 years behind bars when he’s sentenced on Thursday
Dressed in a black suit and tie, Hayne, 33, bowed his head in the witness box as the first guilty verdict to a rape charge was entered
Hayne put together one of the finest individual seasons in rugby league history in 2009, leading the Eels to the grand final and winning the Dally M medal as the game’s finest player.
He also had a two-year hiatus to attempt to crack America’s National Football League, playing pre-season games with the San Francisco 49ers.
The fame and riches the devout Christian once enjoyed will now come to an abrupt end as he faces the prospect of years behind bars.
Hayne put together one of the finest individual seasons in rugby league history in 2009, leading the Eels to the grand final and winning the Dally M medal as the game’s finest player
Hayne was raised in Housing Commission flats in western Sydney by his single mother Jodie, who slept by the door to ensure her children would be safe from home invaders.
His father is former rugby league star Manoa Thompson, who was absent when Hayne was growing up but reunited with his son later in life.
After showing his prodigious football talent at Westfields Sports High School he signed with the Parramatta Eels and immediately became one of the game’s top performers.
Despite never having played the sport before, Hayne successfully made the San Francisco 49ers roster in 2015
He narrowly avoided being shot by a bikie gang member during a night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross in 2008 – a moment Hayne later said changed his life.
He turned to religion after playing for the Fijian rugby league team at the 2008 World Cup in what was a tumultuous year for the young footballer.
Hayne later became the poster boy for Hillsong, a contemporary Pentecostal church.
The next year Hayne broke out as a bona fide superstar – winning the prestigious Dally M medal aged just 21 and leading the Eels to the NRL grand final.
Seeking a new challenge, he ditched his $2million contract with Parramatta in 2014, flew to America and tried to make it in one of the toughest sporting leagues in the world as a completely inexperienced rookie.
The footballer met and had sex with his accuser in the Hunter region on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final on September 30, after they began messaging on social media.
The 26-year-old woman claimed she and Hayne were having consensual sex but she ‘withdrew her consent’.
She allegedly suffered injuries during the sexual encounter with Hayne and required medical treatment.
Hayne was raised in Housing Commission flats in western Sydney by his single mother Jodie, who slept by the door to ensure her children would be safe from home invaders
The woman originally made a complaint to the NRL’s Integrity Unit about the incident which referred the woman to the police.
The footy star also settled a civil case in the United States after a woman claimed he raped her while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.
Police declined to charge Hayne after investigating the allegations, and the woman lodged a civil suit in relation to an alleged incident in San Jose, California.
The woman alleged the pair met at a bar following a game between the 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.
She alleged Hayne took her back to his home in an Uber where he raped her.
The woman says she doesn’t have a strong recollection of the alleged incident, only that someone of Hayne’s build was coming towards her before the alleged rape.
The case was settled in 2019.
TIMELINE TO JARRYD HAYNE’S FOOTBALL DOWNFALL
1988: Jarryd Hayne is born in Sydney, the son of Manoa Thompson and Jodie Hayne.
1994: Hayne begins playing junior rugby league in western Sydney.
2006: Hayne makes his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels aged 18 agains the Penrith Panthers.
2007: The speedster makes his representative debut for New South Wales and Australia.
2008: He signs a $2million extension with Parramatta.
2008: Hayne was shot by a bikie gang member during a night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross, an event he said was a turning point in his life.
2008: After missing out on a place in the Kangaroos World Cup squad he plays for Fiji, later turning to religion.
2009: The star fullback leads the Eels to the NRL Grand Final and wins his first Dally M Medal.
2014: Hayne wins a second Dally M Medal and leads the NRL in tries scored.
2014: He announces his departure from rugby league to attempt a career in the NFL.
2015: Hayne signs a three-year contract for US$1.58million with the San Francisco 49ers.
2015: Hayne is accused of raping a virgin during a night out in San Jose, California – an allegation Hayne denies.
2016: He retires from the NFL and joins the Fiji rugby sevens team in the hopes of making the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2016: Hayne returns to the NRL signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a million-dollar contract.
2018: He signs with the Parramatta Eels on a cheaper-than-usual contract.
2018: Hayne is charged with aggravated sexual assault relating to an alleged incident on Grand Final night in the Hunter region.
2021: The footy star is found guilty of rape.